Traditional Water Heater
Most people rarely think about their water heater until there is no hot water or a leak in the tank. And then there are choices to be made about the water heater. There are many options for water heating products ranging from traditional storage tank water heaters, solar systems, high efficiency condensing and tankless units. Whatever your choice is, it’s always important to know that you are purchasing the best product for your money. Traditional storage tank water heaters are manufactured to high safety, energy and air quality standards these days, a few key things to look for when purchasing a new water heater include:
- Energy Rating
- FHR (First Hour Rating)
Water Heater Installation
Our technicians are qualified to install both traditional storage hot water heaters and tankless hot water heaters. We carry high efficiency and high recovery rate tanks to suit your specific need. We carry all sizes of gas, electric and propane tanks and carry other specialty water heaters such as direct vent water heaters and mobile home approved water heaters.
Gas storage tank water heaters have an energy rating between .54 and .62 depending on the internal insulation and gallon capacity. Gas water heaters with a .62 rating are considered energy efficient and will save a small amount on annual operating costs, but the cost of the unit is only slightly more. These tanks usually have more insulation and are wider, they may not fit in all installation applications, but it’s worth it to ask if they are available and will fit in your home.
Electric storage tank water heaters have an energy rating between .90 and .94 depending on the internal insulation and gallon capacity. Electric water heaters are very efficient, but due to electricity costing more than gas, an electric water heater costs more to operate than a gas unit. If you have an electric water heater installed outside you can add a blanket to help save a small amount on the operating costs. Electric water heaters are available in tall, medium and short models and are usually easier to install because they do not require a flue vent system or gas hook up.